All went according to plan, thank you
Support by staff excellent throughout booking and price obtained for my recent trip to Melbourne better than I could obtain elsewhere. Would definitely recommend and would not consider looking elsewhere.
To improve service I think it would be useful if DialAFlight suggested or offered to arrange seat reservations at the time of booking.
Marvellous service for long haul flights and hotel booked at very short notice.
Good flights proposed in terms of price and timings, and good follow up. We flew China Southern which I thoroughly recommend.
Thank you to Jacob and Sebastian for excellent customer service and knowledge. 10 out of 10.
Someone should let the Irish authorities know what ‘in transit ‘ means, as we had to go through the rigmarole of entering Ireland and going through the security scans again. This was on both the outward and inward journeys. We have never had to do this before, in Heathrow, Amsterdam or Frankfurt to name those that readily spring to mind.
This was the second time I have used DialAFlight and will do in the future
Again excellent service and help from Callum.
I was again impressed by the 'post sale' service and willingness to sort out the booking of specific seats and to change one of the flights to give a longer connection. Lovely people to deal with.
Had to pay £140 for extra bag as although allowance was 30 kg each did not say only one bag each! Very annoyed and perhaps you could make this clearer to future bookings
Really impressed with the speed, efficiency and friendliness of the company. Will definitely use again.
Logan was fantastic
Gary is always an excellent help. Would return to Hamilton Island. Wouldn't recommend Best Western Melbourne Airport Motel.
Thanks Jerry, great stuff as usual
Hayley was brilliant and helped us out down to an emergency visa while we were travelling! Recommend!
My flight was delayed by 24 hours.
I recommend your company to many people
Everything went smoothly
First rate organisation as usual. Everything was as planned. Not keen on Emirates. Thanks to your team for great service as always.
I was really impressed with the service. Due to me having a severe allergy I was apprehensive about my longhaul flight but Anton was a great help and sorted everything out for me
Usual good job of planning
Tristan was really helpful with our booking
As always, everything arranged by Roy went as clockwork. Never lets us down.
DialAFlight were just wonderful - caring and very helpful.
Everything went very smoothly . Visas all sorted out OK and free of charge.
Nine flights in 6 weeks, two car rentals and all went as planned by Marcus. We were happy with the service and will definitely use DialAFlight again
Michelle never lets us down.
Rico is superb
The Great Ocean Road. Its name alone sounds leagues cooler than any of the world's bucket-list road trips. And that's before you've even begun to appreciate the vast beaches, towering limestone cliffs, and sparkling eucalyptus forests that make this Australian coast road so special.
The highway hugs the underbelly of the state of Victoria, linking Melbourne to the east with the old port city of Warrnambool to the west, threading through a series of seaside towns.
Once settlements for gold rush diggers, these ports now throng with wetsuit-clad holidaymakers in summer (Nov to Feb) and have their own wild charm in winter.
Coaches 'do' The Road in a day, but I opt for a small group tour, which spreads the journey over a night or two and is happy to go off-piste.
'Our tours are all about the detours,' says our guide Jeremy, a walking library of stories, anecdotes and Aboriginal folklore.
Jeremy scoots around Melbourne to collect me and the Scots – a 60-something couple from Aberdeen who are nearing the end of a six-week visit to Oz. And then we're off.
Our first stop is Geelong. It was the old mayor of this port city who, in 1918, decided to build a tourist route to rival California's Big Sur. He enlisted 3,000 ex-servicemen and set them to work, ignoring the government's fear that such a road 'would encourage invaders'. (The country was still licking its war wounds).
For 15 years the soldiers toiled away with their picks and shovels, hacking into the craggy hillside.
Hard yakka, as the Aussies would say. Peering down sheer cliff faces, I imagine such a soothing ocean-scape must have offered better post-traumatic rehabilitation than any therapist.
My neck aches from looking out of the window as we travel west towards Torquay, birthplace of surfing brand Quiksilver. We're here over Easter, prime surf season, and the annual Rip Curl championships – the longest running surf contest in the world – are in full swing.
Jeremy slows down the van to let a woman cross the road, her salty hair dripping on to her face, and tanned arms holding a surfboard. 'That's Stephanie Gilmore,' he says casually. 'Six-time world champion Australian surfer.'
I get the impression that such a sighting is commonplace so I give a breezy nod, but my inner surfer is dancing with excitement. Onwards to Anglesea, where I see my first kangaroo over on the local golf course.
These animals are so robust, Jeremy says, that 'they do little more than blink when hit by a golf ball'.
A few minutes further on is Kennett River, where I stand with my arms outstretched holding handfuls of sunflower seeds as four iridescent parrots land on my head and shoulders. 'Would you like a turn?' Jeremy asks the Scots, but they're too busy oohing and aahing over a koala snoozing in the nook of a tree above us.
Next is Lorne, with its strip of surf shops, second-hand bookshops and organic juice cafes.
A young hipster in Ray-Bans and bare feet strums Van Morrison on his guitar while overlooking the sands where children trip over the cords of their boogie boards.
Their professional counter-parts, meanwhile, sit straddling surfboards well out to sea, bobbing nonchalantly on the swell, waiting for a wave worth riding. Engrossed in watching them, I trip on a cockatoo taking a stroll along the promenade, its little yellow mohican perfectly coiffed.
We spend the night at Beacon Point Ocean View Villas, luxury cabins in the hills above Apollo Bay, and feast on fresh fish at Chris's Restaurant with a front row view of the waves in the dusk.
The next morning we reach the legendary Twelve Apostles – a cluster of giant limestone stacks protruding from the water, their bottoms nibbled by the waves.
The Twelve Apostles provide stark evidence that the coastline of Australia must be eroding at a rate of knots. An arch called London Bridge, sculpted over the centuries, collapsed so suddenly a few years ago that a group of tourists found themselves stranded on the seaward side and had to be helicoptered to safety.
Our final stop is Loch Ard Gorge, where the wreck of the Loch Ard ship was tossed ashore by a fearsome storm in the winter of 1878. Jeremy takes out an old wooden chest from the van – inside which are black-and-white photographs of the only two survivors of the disaster, a newspaper article about the wreckage, and a handful of rusty spoons from the ship.
Turning these barnacle-clad utensils in my hand, I muse that over two days, my notion that Australia offers little by way of history has sunk faster than the vessel itself.